Called by God

Norwegian theologian and pastor Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit was elected 7th General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) during its recent Central Committee meeting. “This task I really feel is the call of God.  I feel that we have a lot to do together”, Tveit said in his acceptance speech before the […]

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Calvin, Luther and Beyond

Our Bible Study on 16 July paid homage to Protestant reformer John Calvin, at the 500th anniversary of his birth.  Yet as we remember and celebrate this significant event in the history of the Reformed Church, the Minister reminded us that we are here not to mimic Calvin and Luther, but to learn from them, […]

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The Washing Line and Peg Bag

At the start of our Bible Study on 16 July we had been intrigued by the washing line hanging before us.  In the second half of the evening all was revealed! We were tasked to think of three verses from scripture that mean the most to us, write them down and peg them to the […]

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Why Go to Church?

A churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. “I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons.  But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one […]

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Wonderful Windermere

In June this year some of our church family made a return visit to the Lake District, following a very successful church holiday there last year. The group were led by minister Stephen Thornton, and were based at the Windermere Centre, the national training centre for the URC.  Those who went were asked for their […]

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97 Years!

On Sunday 5th July we celebrated our 97th anniversary. Our guest preacher, Rev Dr Susan Durber (Principal of Westminster College, Cambridge) reminded us not to think in terms of bricks and mortar – we, the people, are God’s building, and Jesus Christ is our foundation stone. A time of fellowship and refreshment followed the service, […]

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Are we sitting comfortably?

“There it is again,” I thought, looking up from the pages of ‘Reform’ magazine.  By ‘it’ I meant the admonition, often found in Christian writing and addresses these days, to leave our comfort zone.  Often the expression ‘comfort zone’ refers to the everyday life of the church family and is used in a rather derogatory […]

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